James R. (“Jim”) Sutterfield, Dean

James R. Sutterfield

James R. (“Jim”) Sutterfield, Dean

James R. (“Jim”) Sutterfield has served as Honorary Consul General of St. Vincent & the Grenadines (“SVG”) for the States of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Kentucky since January of 1997, and was the first honorary consular official of SVG in the United States. Prior to his appointment, he served, as a privately practicing lawyer, as legal counsel to the Commissioner of Maritime Affairs of SVG.

Jim completed his undergraduate studies at Tulane University and The University of Texas, received his law degree from the Loyola University of the South in New Orleans, and his Masters in Law, with distinction, from Tulane University School of Law. During his undergraduate years at Tulane and Texas, he was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma National Fraternity, and at Loyola Law School, he was a member of Delta Theta Phi National Law Fraternity, serving as its Tribune.

He has more than forty years of litigation experience, practicing before the federal and state courts of Louisiana and Texas, as well as other states and the District of Columbia. His practice concentrates on maritime law and insurance coverage, in both of which he has also testified as an expert witness, and professional and product liability. He is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel, a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the American Bar Association, in all of which he has chaired various committees, as well as the Bar Associations of Louisiana, Texas and the District of Columbia. He is a founder and former president of The Harmonie Group, a network of some 96 law firms in 41 countries.

Grégor Trumel, Vice Dean

Grégor Trumel, Vice Dean 

Appointed by the President of the French Republic, Mr. Grégor Trumel (1975) assumed his duties as Consul General of France in Louisiana in August 2014. He previously served as First counselor, Press Counselor and Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of France in Denmark. He has also served in Paris and The Netherlands.

Joining the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2000, Grégor Trumel has gained significant professional expertise in European diplomacy, especially during the Danish Presidency of the European Union in 2012. He also specializes in Human Resources and was head of Executive Management in Paris, a position that oversaw the activities of ambassadors, directors and consuls general.

A graduate of Sciences-Po (Political Studies Institute), Mr. Trumel has also studied Economics and Literature. He is passionate about 20th century French literature and modern music, especially the music of Louisiana (Cajun, Zydeco).

As a consul general, he focuses his action on the French community in Louisiana, the promotion of francophonie and French education, as well as French-Louisianan trade and business cooperation.

Mr. Trumel grew up in Touraine, located in the Loire River Valley, and is very fond of Bretagne, where his family has their roots. He and his wife Ingrid, a school teacher, are the parents of four children.

Greg Beuerman, Secretary

GREGGreg Beuerman, Secretary

Greg Jamison Beuerman has served as Honorary Consul of Iceland since 1994, representing the states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on behalf of the government and people of Iceland.

For the term of 2013-2014, Mr. Beuerman also serves as Secretary of the Louisiana Consular Corps, having previously served as the Corps’ Vice-Dean.

Mr. Beuerman’s particular interests include promoting US to Iceland tourism and economic exchange, and in assisting Icelandic citizens in exercising their rights to vote in various national and local Icelandic elections.

Mr. Beuerman is founder and partner in the integrated communications firm of Beuerman Miller Fitzgerald, LLC (BMF), which provides marketing, advertising and public relations services to clients in the energy, shipping, food and beverage, banking, healthcare and tourism sectors.  Clients of the agency include Shell, Tabasco, Valero Energy, the Gulf Oyster Industry Council, Port of New Orleans, New Orleans Convention Center, Honeywell, Kirby Inland Marine, Mitsui OSK, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and world famous Tipitina’s music venue and foundation.

Active in the World Affairs Council of New Orleans, World Trade Center of New Orleans, and New Orleans Citizen’s Diplomacy Council, Mr. Beuerman has traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Slovakia, Poland, the Dominican Republic, Ireland, Belize, Greece, Norway, Mexico and Canada, in addition to Iceland.  Mr. Beuerman is also active in the World Missions Committee of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, for which he has led more than 20 construction and rebuilding work trips since 1993.

Roland Vandenweghe, Treasurer

Roland M. Vandenweghe, Jr., Honorary Consul of BelgiumRoland Vandenweghe, Treasurer

Based in New Orleans, Mr. Vandenweghe has served as Honorary Consul of Belgium for Louisiana and Arkansas since 2003.  He has served as Treasurer of the LCC since 2009.  During his posting, he has received several Ambassadors of Belgium to the United States, as well as numerous other Belgian officials.  His paternal grandparents immigrated to New Orleans from Belgium after World War II, attracted to New Orleans by an opportunity with a coffee and chicory company that purchased chicory from his grandfather’s family’s chicory factory in Passendale, Belgium.  His paternal grandmother was born and raised in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium.

Mr. Vandenweghe is a partner at the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP, where he has practiced law his entire career since graduating from law school in 1997.  In his work as a lawyer, he services a wide variety of clients, from individuals to Fortune 100 companies.  He regularly screens cases for the elderly and destitute as part of a project administered by the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.

A native New Orleanian, Mr. Vandenweghe graduated from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business, from which he earned a Bachelor of Science in Management in 1994, before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1997.